Free ebooks

Twelve Years a Slave now Available at Project Gutenberg

By Joanna Cabot
May 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

It pays to keep an eye on the new releases RSS feed sometimes! In the latest round of new releases from Project Gutenberg, I spotted an ebook release of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, the book which was the inspiration for the recent award-winning movie. I had seen ebook versions for sale [...]

Nielsen Books & Consumers survey shows UK ebook sales up 20 percent in 2013

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Research firm Nielsen has just released its Books & Consumers survey for the UK book market in 2013, and the data shows ebooks forging ahead against a marginal decline in overall purchases in Britain last year. According to the survey precis, last year saw “a 20% increase in e-book [...]

BISG report: Ebook slowdown or not?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

The latest report on “Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading” from the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), “the book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards, and research,” declares that ” e-book growth has slowed and currently comprises [...]

Latest Ofcom figures show Kindle dominates in UK

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

Sad to reflect perhaps, given Kobo’s sterling efforts in the UK, the latest media survey conducted by pollster Kantar Media on behalf of British communications industry regulator Ofcom shows Amazon enjoying 79 percent of the UK ereader market. Ebook services in the period, states the report, [...]

Amazon's Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 3, 2013 // 5 Comments

Amazon has just announced a service that the world has been waiting for—to judge from the number of past calls for it and halfway schemes that have come some way towards delivering it. According to this morning’s announcement, “Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions [...]

University of Kentucky does e-book exchange for selfies

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

Here’s a lovely idea that I wish more mainstream publishers would copy: The University Press of Kentucky is dishing out free e-books in exchange for selfies of readers holding their UPK print title. “Do you own a print copy of a University Press of Kentucky title and wish you had the [...]

Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

In honor of its fifth anniversary, is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It’s DRM-free (here’s looking at you, Joanna) and available in [...]

Is free still an effective marketing tool for authors?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
July 11, 2013 // 7 Comments

Offering the first book of a series for free has been a good strategy to create book sales for many authors. Someone reads the first book, then wants to know how the story finishes and—presumably—will buy the rest of the books in a series. I’ve certainly fallen under this spell before. [...]

My 5 Favorite Sources for DRM-Free E-Books, part 1 of 2

By Joanna Cabot
October 20, 2012 // 3 Comments

I love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they’re happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it’s an issue to care about. If you acquire 100 Amazon e-books and then you buy a Kobo, how are you going [...]

Apps, Books & Coffee: The Media Pricing Debate

By Joanna Cabot
August 20, 2012 // 3 Comments

It all started with John Lehman’s call-to-arms to app developers: “Those of us in app development love to talk about how ridiculous it is that people will drop $4 every other day on a cup of coffee but will not ‘waste’ 99 cents on our hot new app. I hope by now we’ve [...]

Free Kindle books from Bookyards

By Paul Biba
January 12, 2011 // 1 Comment

Blog Kindle (unofficial) has an article on Bookyards. I must admit I had never heard of them. They have about 17,000 free ebooks in Kindle PDF format, says the blog. This free e-book library is mostly education oriented. So, a student, or a researcher, or just a curious erudite might find this [...]

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